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Packers: NFL.com Training Camp Preview

Jclombardi previews Packers training camp.

Guest senior writer jclombardi @ http://lombardiave.com

NFL.com took  a preview at the Packers training camp  and examines three major questions about areas needing to show improvements:

1. Was Packers’ second-ranked defense misleading?  Training camp will be a critical time to see an increased pass rush from someone other than Matthews and better coverage from the secondary.  Third-round pick Burnett to challenge at strong safety, where things have to improve. At least one of the following guys has to have a good camp for solid improvement: Lee, Blackmon or Underwood.  Can rookies Neal, Wilson, the oft-injured Justin Harrell, or Jones, a seventh-round surprise from last season, provide a consistent push up front

2. How will defensive line adjust without Jolly? They might start B.J. Raji on the nose and move Pickett out to end.  They could also put second-round pick Neal at Jolly’s spot, particularly in passing situations. The Packers have not gotten much from former first-round pick Harrell, and this could be his last opportunity.

3. Are the kicking and return games up to speed? Special teams could be Green Bay’s Achilles heel. The Packers were 3-3 in games decided by seven or fewer points last year, and special teams inevitably play a big role in those types of games.  Green Bay needs Blackmon or Nelson to emerge in camp and get their punt return average up. The kick return situation will be better if Blackmon teams up with Nelson. The punting duties could be a camp-long battle and the winner needs to do better than Kapinos did last year (worst in the league).


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